On May 7, according to two industry sources, India has been delaying the approval of WiFi module import applications from China for several months, which has prompted us computer manufacturers Dell and HP, as well as Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, oppo, vivo and Lenovo to delay the release of new products in this key growth market.
The wireless planning and Coordination Bureau (WPC) of India's Ministry of communications has refused to approve applications from China to import finished electronic devices containing WiFi modules, including Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, smart phones, smart watches and laptops, at least since November last year, the source said.
Since then, more than 80 such applications from us, Chinese and South Korean companies have been pending at WPC, and even applications from some Indian companies, most of which import finished products from China, are pending approval, according to one of the sources.
Dell, HP, Xiaomi, oppo, vivo and Lenovo did not respond to requests for comment. India's Ministry of communications did not respond. The Indian government still needs to respond to requests from industry lobbies and individual companies, two sources said.
India previously allowed companies to declare their own imports of wireless devices, making it easier to import, but new rules in March 2019 required companies to seek government approval.
Although India's market and export potential have made it the second largest mobile device manufacturer in the world, technology analysts and industry insiders say that India does not have the scale or strength to make large-scale investment in IT products and smart wearable devices.
The long delay in WPC approval also highlights India's strategy to reduce China's influence in its science and technology economy. The modi government this week removed Huawei from the list of 5g test participants. This means that once India starts to deploy 5g, mobile operators may be prevented from using Huawei's telecom equipment（ (small)